Zuma Facilitators Hand Talks Report To Zimbabwe Leaders

The mediators, who have since left the country, met President Robert Mugabe, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara to present a report by the negotiators of the three parties.

“We met with the President, Prime minister and the Deputy Prime minister,”said Lindiwe Zulu, spokesperson of the mediators sent by South African President Jacob Zuma. “It was agreed that they (principals) need to look at the report that has been given by the negotiators and then we will move from there.”

Despite forming a unity government more than a year ago, Zimbabwe political leaders are still trying to resolve outstanding issues of the GPA that include appointment of senior government officials.

Mugabe’s Zanu (PF) has been calling for the removal of sanctions against their senior officials while the Movement of Democratic Change (MDC) led by Tsvangirai wants their treasurer general , Roy Bennett appointed deputy Agriculture minister among some of the issues they need to be solved.

The unity government, which was meant to pave way for free and fair elections after the writing in of a new constitution has been facing numerous problems that include sourcing funding for constitution making and resolving of outstanding issues.

The facilitators also held a meeting with Tsvangirai and the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Lovemore Moyo.

Government sources confirmed that Tsvangirai and Moyo, in their capacities as the President and National chairperson of the MDC-T met the team composed of Zulu, Charles Nqakula and Mac Maharaj at Tsvangirai’s office at Munhumutapa building in Harare.

Finer details of the meeting could not be obtained, but the source said the MDC-T leaders impressed upon the team their unwavering position around the appointment of Bennett. Although the MDC-T was reported to have initially agreed to have Bennett re-assigned to another less sensitive ministry, the party seems to have backtracked on this position following the resistance it received from the rank and file of the MDC-T leadership and ordinary supporters.

After the facilitation team’s visit, it is understood President Zuma will once again appraise Mozambican President Armand Guebuza, who chairs the organ on politics, defence and security in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC). It is not yet clear when and where SADC leaders will meet, but the source said the meeting would be “very soon”.